Greentraveller Guide to the Peak District
From the heath moorland of the Dark Peak to the river valleys and caves of the White Peak, the Peak District - Britain's first National Park - is a fantastic destination for a family break and activity holiday, at any time of year.
Our Greentraveller Guide to Holidays in the Peak District will help you make the most of your time in this gorgeous part of England. We've done the hard work for you, uncovering many of the region's gems, including venues serving local organic food, great places to stay - from luxury hotels to cosy cottages and yurt camps - plus some wonderful attractions and exciting outdoor activities, from hiking and cycling to sailing, canoeing and windsurfing on reservoirs and rivers.
We also show you how to avoid traffic congestion by travelling to the Peak District by train or bus, as well as how to get around the park by bus or via the park's fantastic cycle network...
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Go rustic and stay in a yurt, cosy up in a rural cottage, or splash out on a luxury hotel - there's a range of places to stay in the Peak District, whatever your budget.
Spoilt for choice: eat at Michelin-starred restaurants, feast on traditional British fare at a cosy inn or stock up your fridge straight from the farm gate.
From fascinating museums, castles and galleries to outdoor activity centres and the best eco friendly shops - see all of the top places to visit in the Peak District National Park.
Walk, cycle, mountain bike and horse ride your way around over 65 miles of off-road trails and traffic-free paths, or take to the rivers and reservoirs for some water-based fun.
Interactive map of the Peak District National Park
- Electric bike hire point
- Nearest national cycle network
A word from the National Park Authority
The Peak District is Britain's first National Park for good reason. From rugged moorland to rolling hills and dales, lush meadows to leafy forests, we have some of the country's finest scenery, just waiting to be explored.
Add historic houses, glorious gardens, awesome attractions, a host of quality places to stay and delicious local food and drink, and you have the perfect recipe for a brilliant break.
This Greentraveller Guide to the Peak District highlights those local businesses that have been awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark. The award is given to local businesses that put the environment at the heart of what they do and show passion for the Peak District.
You can be sure that if you stay at, eat at, or buy goods from any of these businesses you are helping to protect the things that make the Peak District special - you'll have an authentic experience that you'll never forget!
Peak District National Park Authority
Did you know?
- Designated way back in 1951, the Peak District was the first National Park in Britain.
- An area of great diversity, the Park is split largely into two areas: the moorland of the Dark Peak, and the limestone of the White Peak.
- Much of the area consists of uplands over 1,000ft, with the highest point, Kinder Scout, standing at 2,087ft.
- The Park is home to 1,600 miles of public rights of way, and 58 miles of cycle trails.
- Around 35% of the Park is designated as a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest'.
- The Park reaches into no fewer than five counties: Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
Videos of the Peak District
Watch this video of The Great Ridge Walk - one of the Peak District's most popular walking routes and a great option if you're looking for a bit of a challenge:
Watch this video for information about Pedal the Peak District, a fantastic initiative that aims to encourage more people to discover the joys of cycling around the National Park:
Peak District National Park, England
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